Estate Litigation Attorneys In Morris County

When a family member dies, long-simmering family issues can boil over, resulting in disputes over the distribution of assets in an estate or trust or the administration of an estate. Similarly, when a parent becomes incapacitated by an accident, illness, dementia or Alzheimer's disease, families may not agree on who should manage the parent's care and finances. Both of these issues may result in the need for legal representation to protect your rights.

Resolving Will Contests And Other Estate Disputes

If you are having a dispute with a family member over the probate of a will or care of a loved one by a guardian, do not let emotions rule your actions. Discuss your situation with an experienced lawyer before you say or do anything.

At the law office of J. Jeffrey Press, P.A., we represent executors, trustees, heirs and beneficiaries in various types of probate litigation in Morris, Essex, Passaic and Somerset counties. The following are examples of the types of cases we handle:

  • Will contests
  • Breach of fiduciary duty by an executor, administrator or trustee (such as theft of assets from the estate)
  • Fraudulent real estate transfers resulting from a caretaker or person in a position of trust adding his or her name to the deed
  • Disputes over who should be executor or administrator
  • Disputes over who should be named guardian of an incapacitated parent
  • Theft of assets or abuse of a ward by a guardian

When Can A New Jersey Will Be Contested?

In New Jersey, a will can be contested for a number of reasons:

  • Undue influence by a caretaker or person in a position of trust to change a will in his or her favor
  • A beneficiary or heir inducing a testator to change a will based on fraud or misrepresentation
  • Lack of proper execution of a will
  • Lack of testamentary capacity by the person signing the will

When a will is changed in favor of a beneficiary, the court will look at circumstances that determine whether the deceased testator was subjected to undue influence that caused him or her to change the will in favor of one beneficiary at the expense of another, or whether the change to the will was based on fraud or misrepresentation.

Contact J. Jeffrey Press To Discuss Your Case

To schedule a consultation with an estate litigation attorney at the law firm of J. Jeffrey Press, P.A., contact us online or simply call 973-323-2654. We are here to help.